March 28, 2015
In Dr. Pearl’s office, students don’t get suspended for taking aspirin. In the office of Gil Thorp, the principles of IngSoc are in full force. Did winning the state championship in football give Gil the authority to suspend students?
Maybe the Bacon parents (doubleplusbacon?) aren’t as concerned about Max’s crimethink as they are about his inability to distinguish low-dose aspirin from ADHD medication. I suppose Bobby wasn’t giving Max the yummy chewable kind so there was no orange flavor to clue him in. (Speaking of which, anybody here ever try a Tastykake Orange Junior? I’d swear the frosting is made of crushed baby aspirins.)
Next: What becomes of Bobby? I suspect he’ll be involuntarily joining the Junior Anti-Sex League.
Bravo to everyone who thought Bobby was really giving Max aspirin or something harmless and making him “Think” it was a real drug that would help him play better. You were right on the nose – the placebo effect in full display for a month here at TWIM! Love how Bobby cant wait to reveal it either – ‘ even better’ and we then have another hidden fight in front of Gil (I have a hard time believing Max has the gall to do this in front of Gil; why not wait till nobodys around in a hallway sometime later?)
Bobbys so proud for not only figuring a safe way for Max to play better, but also making Leisl believe he knows when Max is gonna play well. But when she hears about this, that one will dry up, and he’ll need his more diverse side to show up to keep her in good graces. Maybe Max has time to go after her to spite him before this storyline runs out but I doubt it.
Gil told the parents, we’ll see what difference that makes, but I think its a panel-filler at best.
March 26, 2015
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, Coach… but maybe I can choke it out of you.” P1 has to be one of the visually greatest single panels I’ve seen since I became a TWIM contributor. Definitely worthy of “Random Amusing Panel O’ the Moment.” It was all I could do to not make a Wayne Brady reference in the post title.
Seriously, though, has Whigham been drawing Bobby’s hands bigger with each passing strip? Are they meant as a visual allegory for his expanding ego? His is not the only freak hand we see today as Max whips out the classic Milfordian pointer finger in P3.
Max makes the only accurate statement in today’s strip: Bobby is indeed an idiot. In so doing he proves himself to be an even bigger idiot. Thankfully we’ll have seen the last of these two characters in, oh say, a week or so. Still it might be fun to revisit them in a couple of years to see what kind of bitter outcasts they’ve become at Milford High, or if they’ve transferred to St. Fabian’s out of pure shame.
March 25, 2015
Wow, is this house of cards ever collapsing quickly…
I am not sure if panel two is supposed to be a flashback but, if it is, I do enjoy that Gil sees himself in the background of his own reminiscence. Give credit where it’s due (or not), as they didn’t just crop the corners of the previous panel depicting that scene.
Panel three is astounding as we are shown a bobbling head, yet no exploding eyeballs. What is this, Apartment 3-G? Oh well. So much for the criminal career of Bobby ‘The Brain’ Howry, whose tepid bragging to Leisl has now managed to upend his own apple cart.
March 24, 2015
Whaddawe got today? Max just looks so cute when he gets all frowny faced after learning that he won’t be able to get ‘high’ or ‘buzzed’ or whatever the kids call it today. Cheer up, Max! You can still get a natural high from humiliating your opponent…
Or maybe not… I assume that we are seeing the Valley conference equivalent of Teddy Valentine who of course is more interesting to depict than the actual players.
Meanwhile, Mimi – can we be sure that’s Mimi? Yes, we almost certainly can – has managed to crack the case of The Milford Connection by overhearing some idle chatter as the Lady Mudlark’s asynchronous stretching team gets some practice in.
March 23, 2015
Noon: Lunch with Theo at the cafeteria. Get feedback from Theo about situation vis a vis Leisl. Remember to grab complementary tennis ball from serving line.
1:00 pm: Period 5, Chemistry class with Leisl. Have new sweatervest at the ready in case lunch gets on original. Also remember collar stays. Prepare basketball focused small talk, but be prepared to break away from mono-focus if opportunity arises.
2:00 Appointment by locker with Max Bacon. Confirm scarcity of Adderall, prepare for backlash from strung out Alpha male.
March 21, 2015
I’m at a loss to understand how Bobby’s predicting Max’s performance is more impressive to Lysol than any of his other hoops observations to date. If she knew how he was able to make that prediction, she’d be more creeped out than anything. Here’s hoping for that denouement sooner than later; spring training has only a little more than a week left.
I’m also a bit mystified as to how that ball rack neatly holds five basketballs in its middle row but can barely hold four at the top. Either way, could Bobby’s inflating ego have an any more graphic representation?
Max predictably is ineffective without the Adderall, and Gil replaces him, in typical Gil fashion too late to save the team from a loss. I remember when losses were status quo, now they’re ‘important’.
Bobby promises to have another pill for Max the next game, and also doesnt bother to change clothes between the game and school the next day, where the only difference is he is sans tie. Leisl looks terrific in that purple dress, and if she is changing her mind about Bobby for his savant abilities, so be it.